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Physical activity as a context for youth development

Dr. Nicole LaVoi, Dr. Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Dr. Maureen Weiss

May, 2008

A panel of researchers from Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sport discusses in a 90-minute video presentation how physical activity is a primary context for youth development. Evidence suggests that physical activity across a variety of settings and contexts contributes to the developmental process of youth in important ways.

Dr. Nicole LaVoi and Dr. Diane Wiese-Bjornstal discuss findings from the newly released report Physical Activity and Sport in the Lives of Girls an updated version of the groundbreaking 1997 President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports report.

Dr. Maureen Weiss offers insights from her research with the First Tee Project, a youth development program using golf as a context for positive development that illustrates transfer of life skills to such areas as school, home, and out-of-school time activities.

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